Honors Theses

 

The Honors Program is rooted in the Catholic Marianist tradition, encouraging social responsibility and ethical sensitivity with its many leadership and service opportunities.

Honors theses are as diverse and ambitious as creating solar-powered, easy-to-use equipment to sterilize medical devices; writing a novel or series of short stories; pursuing neuroscience research to better understand Alzheimer's disease; and publishing a book based on branding elements designed specifically for several organizations.

For theses dated prior to 2014, contact the University Archives and Special Collections at archives@udayton.edu.

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Submissions from 2017

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Understanding the Effects of Propionic Acid on Listeria monocytogenes Growth, Survival, and Virulence, Elizabeth A. Abrams

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Preparation, Analysis and Derivatization of Benzotris(thiazole) Triamine, Jonathan Patrick Peter Alessi

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The Effects of Structural Modification of the Wing Helix Domain of PriA on Bacterial DNA, Erich Auer

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Lethal Effects of the Non-native Invasive Shrub Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) on a Model Aquatic Organism (Hyalella azteca), Eric B. Borth

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Effects of Ultrasound on Amyloid Beta 42 (Aβ42) Mediated Neurodegeneration, Sarah Byrne

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Sustainable Portfolios to Maximize Alpha, Douglas Stephen Carey

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Seasonal Changes in Physical, Chemical, and Biotic Factors in Silver Lake, Ohio, Jacob J. Clancy

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Pravastatin™ Suppresses Venous Shear Stress Dependent Induction of Aquaporin 1 Protein Expression in Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells in vitro, Raphael J. Crum

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Synthesis of Bis(quinoxalino) Ligand for the Removal of Transition Metal Contamination, Alexander J. Farmer

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Young Adult Fiction: Inside the Mirror Image, Paige Christin Flannelly

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The Influence of Women’s Self-Esteem on Mating Decision Making, Kathleen D. Golterman

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An Analysis of the Educational Systems in Finland and the United States: A Case Study, Caroline Ann Goodill

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Whose Voice the Waters Heard: A Short Story Cycle, Grace E. Hagan

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Behind the Stigma: The Impact of Gender and College Adjustment on Attitudes towards Mental Health Disorders, Maggie Inman

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Effectiveness of a Novel Porphyrin Exhibiting Dark Toxicity against the Model Organism Mycobacterium smegmatis, Marissa C. Jama

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Why Isn’t there a Garden at School? Assessing Five River Metro Parks’ Green Schoolyards Program, Kaleigh Jurcisek

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Design of an Opposed-piston, Opposed-stroke Diesel Engine for Use in Utility Aircraft, Luke Kozal

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The Promise of Justice: Are Public and Private Defense Equal?, Alicia Linzmeier

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Arctic Flashpoint: The Russo-American Rivalry, Matthew Bernard Mackowiak

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Effects of Playing Computerized versus Tactile Learning Games on Preschoolers’ Attention Skills and Comprehension: A Pilot Study, Samantha Malick

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You Have the Right to…What? A Study of Knowledge of Americans’ Rights in Criminal Proceedings, Anna Marchiony

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Extending Uniqueness Implies Existence Results to Fractional Differential Equations, Tyler Masthay

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Undergraduate Men's Perceptions of Consent in College Campus Acquaintance Rape, M. Colleen McDaniel

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Winning Off the Field: How Social Media Analytics Measure the Sports Industry, Ryan McGarvey

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Evaluation of Protection of FRP Wrap on Bridge Piers from Corrosive Effects of Snow and Ice Chemicals, Lizzie Miller

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Aiscrima e Checchi Italian-American Dialect and Development in the New Millennium, Elizabeth Loyacano Pedrotti

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Biomass Cookstoves: an Empirical Study into the Relationship between Thermal Efficiency and Tending Practices for the Developing World, Erin Peiffer

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Amateurism and the NCAA: The Controversy (a Legal Review), Mitchell Pollard

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Challenging the Postwar Narrative: The Art and Agenda of Boris Lurie, Kiersten Signe Remster

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Educating the Whole Child: Using Positive Adult Relationships to Develop Noncognitive Skills in Students Facing Adversity, Virginia A. Saurine

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Does Riparian Forest Invasion by the Exotic Shrub Amur Honeysuckle Influence Nutrient Dynamics in Headwater Streams?, Charlottee Anne Shade

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Mothers as Career Leaders: Do Maternity Leave Laws Make a Difference?, Briar Rose Smith

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The Impact of a Dynamic Environment on Deposition and Cellular Response to Silver Nanoparticles, Robert F. Uhrig

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Ambiguous Pleasure(ers): Negotiating the Bodies of Falstaff and Moll, Lauren Van Atta

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Accounting for Change: Assessing Top-line Implications of New Revenue Recognition Principles, Kevin M. Wargo

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The Possibility of Communal Biases in Alibi Evaluation: The University of Dayton, Norbert Wessels

Submissions from 2016

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Effects of a Peer Developed Nutrition Education Intervention on the Fruit and Vegetable Intake in Elementary School Children, Sydney Marie Antolini

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Results on Some Generalizations of Interval Graphs, Jonathan David Ashbrock

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E-commerce’s Impact on Big-Box Retailers, Brian Bates

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Design and Prototyping of a Variable Geometry Extrusion Die to Exhibit Significant Alteration of Shape, David C. Bell

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Preachers, Politics and the Pulpit: The Influence of Church Structure on How Clergy Approach Political Topics and How Congregations Receive Their Messages, Michael Bender

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Effects of Body Weight Loading on Arch Height, Anastasia Bjelopetrovich

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Looking Anew at the Rothko Chapel: The Future of Interfaith Space on the Catholic Campus, Krista Bondi

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The Evolution of the Scope and Political Ambition of the State Attorneys General, Elizabeth A. Brumleve

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Activism, Community and Cultural Heritage: “Communitism” in Creek Literature, Rachel Maria Cain

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Effects of Acute Stress and Ethanol Consumption on IL-1β in Female Long Evans Rats: A Pilot Study, Kristin R. Creel

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Domain Representability and Topological Completeness, Matthew D. DeVilbiss

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Model Behavior: An Assessment of Role Model Attachment, Patrick C. Doyle

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Finding a Correlation between Zooplankton Abundance and the Aggregation of Abudefduf saxatilis (Sergeant Major Damselfish) Beneath Boats, William Duritsch

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Poetry and the Post-Apocalyptic Paradox: North American Indigenous Disruptions to the Westernized Self, Joseph Benjamin Ziegler Ferber

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Examining the Protective Effects of Self-Positivity on Information Avoidance, Amanda C. Ferrante

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Biodiversity, Ecosystem Function and the Pollination Ecology of Urban Gardens in Dayton, Ohio, Angela Nicole Giaquinto

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Effects of Combination Ice and Compression Socks on Resting Calf Blood Flow in Trained Male Athletes, Michael John Hudock Jr.

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Drosophila Models to Investigate the Role of Regulation of Cell Death in Development and Cancer, Anam Hussain

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One Signal, Two Behaviors: Odor Discrimination in Unmated versus Mated Female Green Bottle Flies, Lucilia sericata, George Iannantuono

Submissions from 2015

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Synthesis of Phosphorus-Based Hemiacetals for Potential Flame Retardants, Sara Alakkad

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Kinetic Characterization of B-Carotene in n-hexane at Various Oxygen Concentrations, Katelyn Mary Arnold

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Reading Interventions in Relation to the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee, Kathryn C. Auletto

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The State of El Salvador: Human Rights and Violence in the Post War Era, Christine Caldera

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Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty: Victorian Genius in a Millennial World, Allison K. Carey

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Coding DNA into Music: An Alternate Way of Analysis, Samuel Fesenmeier

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Multi-Segment Foot Joint Kinematics with Varying Midfoot Orthotic Postings, Hilary F. Feskanin

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Understanding the Role of the Common Core State Standards in Catholic Education, Annemarie Fisher

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School-Books on Tape: The Tensile and Adhesive Strength of Duct Tape in a College Backpack, Robin Elizabeth Ker

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Genre Controversy: Human Universality or Plagiarism in the Dystopian Genre?, Taylor V. Kingston

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Synthesis of Potential Phosphorus-Nitrogen Containing Flame Retardants, Colin Kloock

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The Seal of Solomon: An Exploration of Storytelling, Ryan M. Krisby

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Investigation of the Genetic Interactions between Hippo Signaling Pathway and Drosophila C-terminal Src kinase (dCsk), Hailey Jimin Kwon

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Female Bodybuilders: Caught in the Crossfire of Patriarchy and Capitalism, Kimberly Michelle Land

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Does Study Abroad Impact Students’ Personality?, Ashley Ann Marshall

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Archivum Plena: The Quest for a Fulfilling Past, Madeline McDermott

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The Effects of Music on Employee Affect, Nolan J. McNulty

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Exploration of Protein-Protein Interactions Involving Deinococcus radiodurans PriA, DnaB and SSB, Christopher S. Morrow

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Hate Crime Laws: What Are They and Who Do They Protect?, Maya Pedersen

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Chitinozoan Biodiversity in the Ordovician of Gondwana: An Interval-Free Approach Using the Quantitative Stratigraphic Correlation Program CONOP9, Rachel Sales

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The Second Punic War: The Turning Point of an Empire, Timothy Edward Schaefer

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Examining the Role of Self-esteem in the Association between Emotional Vulnerability and Psychological Well-being, Kathryn Schilling

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Practical Cosmopolitans: The Diversity of a Changing Indian Ocean, 1500-1750, Jordan Seitz

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Root Cover Pebbling on Graphs, Claire A. Sonneborn

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An Operational Performance and Safety Comparison of Roundabouts vs. Traditional Intersections, Vincent Spahr

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Mostly True: An Exploration of My Family History, Jessica Urban

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Cocoa and Chocolate: Deconstructing the Development Paradigm in Cameroon, Chelsea VanHook

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Black White and In-Between: Race and Ethnicity in the Criminal Justice System 1885-1915, Elizabeth M. Wilhelm

Submissions from 2014

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Developing Social Consciousness through Multicultural Young Adult Literature, Megan R. Abbate

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Synthesis and Characterization of a Tetra-Ruthenated Naphthylbiliverdin, Ashley M. Berding

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Classifying the Functionality of Primosome Protein A in Deinococcus Radiodurans, Jacob Boone

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The Effects of Moral Licensing on High-Cost and Low-Cost Helping Behaviors, Kaitlin E. Boyd

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Designing and Evaluating Playground Equipment for Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Leigha R. Brisco

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Centering the Right: Mapping the Queer Discourse of the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, Stephen C. Brown

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Examining Acculturative Stressors of the International Student: Following Study Abroad Students in South Korea and Morocco, Chin Yi Chen

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Discrimination Against Disabled Persons in Malawi and the United States: A Comparative Study, Stephen Crum

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Job Design: A Human Approach through Catholic Social Teaching and Job Design Theories, Thomas DeCastra

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Literacy Instruction in Early Childhood Education: Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee, Jamie L. Dell

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Tissi, Anna Demmitt

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Exploring Data-Driven Electricity Feedback on Energy Conservation Behavior in the University of Dayton Student Neighborhood, Daniel R. Esposito

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Sex-Dependent Electrophysiological Responses of Lucilia sericata to Concentration Gradient of Indole, Erin T. Filbrandt

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Design and Characterization of Photoresponsive Supramolecular Aggregates, Julie A. Fitz

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Identifying the DNA Sequence Requirements for a Synergistic Interaction Between Two Cis-Regulatory Elements, Kaitlyn R. Francis

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Synthesis and Characterization of Three Unique Mono-Metallic Lanthanide Complexes, Jasminder S. Grewal

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Transit as an Alternative Mode of Transportation: A Case Study of Its Usage, Availability, Patterns and Value for Non-Commuter Trips, Sara Hardman